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Rest in peace

For the wife and children of NYPD?Police Officer Rafael Ramos, Christmas held no joy this year.Nor has the holiday season been joyous for the widowed bride of Officer Wen Jian Liu.These family men were slain as they sat in their parked patrol car by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had shot an ...

Vote No on school board ‘expansion’ proposal

Lee County voters are being asked whether substantive changes should be made to the makeup of the School Board of Lee County.Specifically, voters are asked to decide whether the five-person board should be expanded to seven and whether five of those seven seats should be determined by only the ...

Vote No on term limits

Lee County voters are being asked whether they would like to limit the number of consecutive terms a Lee County commissioner may serve.Specifically, voters are being asked whether the county's governing document should be changed to limit service tenure to three four-year terms. As tendered, ...

Vote Teuber in District 4 Lee School Board race

The School District of Lee County easily holds a position at the pinnacle of regional enterprise.With a budget of $1.3 billion and a daily cost-of-operation obligation standing at $3.5 million, make no mistake - it is a major business, employing an estimated 10,600 full- and part-time ...

Vote yes on Amendment 2

In November, Florida voters will decide whether the state will join nearly two dozen others in legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposesAmendment 2, a grassroots initiative - no pun intended - came to the ballot the hard way, through petition and the collection of more than 683,971 ...

Get flu shots ‘early’ this year

Fever.Chills.Fatigue.Muscle aches and more.While the "peak months" won't start until the new year, flu season is under way and officials recommend that "everyone over 6 months old" get vaccinated now.Adults 65 and older, children younger than 2, and those with chronic health conditions are ...

Don’t let pets roam

There are lots of reasons to keep cats inside rather than letting them roam.And the latest should make even non cat-lovers wince.It seems that here in Lee County, coyotes find felines to be a tasty treat.Lee County Domestic Animal Services has confirmed that the "severed remains" of three cats ...

Decision to rescind vote, move in a different direction applauded

Less than a week after voting to "opt out" of statewide testing requirements, the School Board of Lee County rescinded that vote with an eye toward a more measured approach.We applaud that decision and thank board member Mary Fischer for bringing the issue back to the table and for doing so so ...

School Supply Drive a good cause to rally around

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has invited the community to join this year's School Supply Drive, which runs through July 15.It's a good program and the Foundation has made a strong argument for participation.According to a release from the non-profit dedicated to school-based ...

Hurricane season is here — be prepared!

Forecasters are predicting a "below average" hurricane season this year but local officials offer one salient reminder: It only takes one storm - and not a particularly bad one - to wreak havoc and impact our lives.As many as nine named storms are predicted for hurricane season this year, as ...